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Name: Shelly
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I have two cats and a dog. We are expecting our first baby due in late November. My animals are currently my babies. I have heard about cats and new baby's and that you should not keep them together. I have heard the cats lick the babies mouths because of the smell of milk and somtimes suffocate them! I want to have our baby in our room for atleast the first 3 months, but how can I keep my cats away. I am worried they will jump in the bassinet with him at night. I can't lock the cats out of our room because they will scratch up the carpet. Any suggestions to have cats and baby co-exist in our room before we move him into his own room?
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Name: MichelleG | Date: Jul 6th, 2005 12:17 AM
I picked up some information at one of my childbirth classes and I think one big piece of advice it had is that your cats pick up on your fears, stress and anxiety. You need to include your cats with your baby and give them attention. Talk to them and let them know what's going on. Don't be nervous when the cat and baby are together - they pick up on your thoughts and fears - but supervise the interactions. As far as teaching the cats not to get into the baby's crib or bassinet, I've been using aluminum foil just laid across the furniture I don't want her to get into. Belive it or not, it works. You don't need to completely cover it, just lay a big piece across the bassinet or crib so the cat learns that they aren't to lay on it -- it's not theirs.

I hope this helps you a bit. 

Name: Pam | Date: Jul 6th, 2005 3:18 PM
I agree with Michelle but to respond to the cat licking the baby. Thats not true. The suffocate part is because they lay on the babies chest because its warm and its usually done when its cold outside. I am pregnant as well with a dog and a cat. But i wouldn't let the cat in the babies room while he or she is sleeping. 

Name: Anne Marie | Date: Jul 8th, 2005 3:12 AM
Cats do not like to be around babies. We first brought our son home and introduced the cat to him. The cat took one look and smell and stuck his tail up in the air and walked away. Never got around the baby. In fact the cat hated the crying that he would jump up on the bed and lick my face so i would get up and feed the baby. It will be fine. Just try it for a little while. 

Name: anonymous | Date: Sep 1st, 2005 1:29 AM
I had this problem too. I was sooo worried that I duck tape my newborns bed on the out side! Yes don't tell me, crazy. My cats were very good they loved my daughter. Now this is just my case. remind the cat that you still love it and it is still in your heart. 

Name: jaime | Date: Sep 20th, 2005 11:46 PM
i have 2 cats brother and sister and a 5 week old baby girl the cats are in love with her they do lay by her but never on her they just want to be part of the family include them so they dont feel left out and resentment. if you have an understanding with them they will resect what you want them to do and not do 

Name: Brittany | Date: Nov 16th, 2005 1:09 AM
I am 8 and a half months pregnant. I have a dog and a cat. My dog loves attention. I have a toy poodle and she always wants to have attention. Im not worried about my cat too much because shes really layed back and does her own thing. I am concerned about my dog. What are some things i can do to prevent my dog from hurting my baby when she comes home? I believe my dog is jelouse lol, but what are some things i can do to prevent my dog from being so jelouse? I hope someone can help me.. Thanks 


Name: JANA G | Date: Nov 28th, 2005 11:17 PM
Shelly, I had (3) babies and (2) cats...The cats never bothered the babies and I never had a problem of them even trying to get into the baby crib. If you are worried about this try to place a piece of fishnet over the crib and tie each end down so it stays taunt across the crib top. I am a grandmother now and have (3) indoor cats and babysit all the time with my 4 grandchildren....Never had a problem. My cats are big babies themselves and know they are much loved. So the babies and cats are together with my supervision and all is well. Your cats will soon love your baby but don't be afraid to let both of them touch each other and know each others existance. 

Name: Jennifer Avery | Date: Dec 16th, 2005 1:26 PM
All of a sudden my kitten that is only 9 months old is laying on my chest. And I just found out that I am pregnant. What is up with my kitten? 

Name: missy | Date: Jan 4th, 2006 2:51 AM
i have a dog and he is pretty wild iam now 5wks pg and iam worried that i might have to give hie away to the shelter because of the safty of the soon to be baby.I don't want to .....what do you think??any advise? 

Name: eliza | Date: Jan 18th, 2006 10:34 PM
THese are all old wise tales from people who are not fond of cats. I have had lots of cats all my life. Even when I was pregnant and had my two children. The cats never bothered the babies.Just remember to let someone else change the litter box while you are pregnant. 

Name: Fiona | Date: Jan 24th, 2006 1:11 PM
Cats don't like babies as they're too noisy! Your cats will avoid the baby like the plague.

Now that my son is 15 months old my cat loves to just sit and watch him playing (from a safe distance). My son loves the cat and sometimes I go into a room and find them just sitting looking at each other. She never scratches him even if he tries to pull her tail - whereas if we touch her she goes mad and takes a chunk out of us!!!

She is truly devoted to my son! It's lovely to watch them together. 

Name: Christina F | Date: Feb 3rd, 2006 4:57 PM
I think that's awesome. I'm 4 months pregnant with 2 cats and I wonder how it'll turn out once the baby is here. My one cat that was never snuggly now sleeps with my on the couch while I watch t.v. Even puts a paw on my kinda like hugging. It's so cute. 

Name: larissa | Date: Feb 10th, 2006 3:48 PM
how do thay see in the dark 

Name: Fiona | Date: Feb 10th, 2006 11:42 PM
My cat has been naughty today - she scratched my toddler son. He cried - she looked guilty. 

Name: Norma | Date: Feb 28th, 2006 7:15 PM
I'm facing the exact same problem! Down to the two cats and one dog...but I'm due in a couple of months.

I've also used aluminum foil in the crib (it's already set up) and our glider and the cats have stayed away. We're also planning on having a co-sleeper next to our bed and when we first set it up the cats climbed in, but after the foil they stayed away. I'm hoping that'll work once the baby's actually in it. 

Name: Lynn | Date: Feb 28th, 2006 11:25 PM
I've had cats my entire life. The aluminum foil thing works. Because I actually put it all over my couch (I know, I'm weird) to keep them from scratching it and it totally worked! 

Name: laudia | Date: Mar 1st, 2006 12:38 AM
you should just put the in a kennel 

Name: Melissa | Date: Mar 11th, 2006 7:14 AM
I have a cat and a 5 month old son. When we first brought him home the cat took one look at him and hid for 3 days. when she finally came out he was laying on the floor and i let her get close and smell him. he started throwing his arms around and hit her in the head. so she went and hid another 3 days. i have never had a problem with the cat trying to get the milk from my son. she tries to lay with him so i have to close the door to his room. once she got used to him and figured out he wasn't going anywhere she likes him. if someone she doesn't know or doesn't see often is holding him she watches them like a hawk. if they get up she follows them it is so cute she thinks that it is her baby. when he wakes up and starts to cry she is sitting at his door waiting for me to open it so she can check on him, once she see he is ok she goes and minds her on business. i think that it all depends on the temperment of your cat. Good Luck! 

Name: ashley j | Date: Mar 29th, 2006 6:12 PM
I'm 8 months and 1 week pregnant....my husband and I got a car seat for our daughter we had it in her room to begin with but we are also redoing it...so we had to move everything into the livingroom for a couple days....the car seat was set on the floor, i went with my mother in law for a pampered chef party and she brought me home and i was going to show her the car seat and the fabric was kinda pulled back on the top, i went to fix it and it was wet....the cat had urinated on it.....we paid someone to clean it and then went and got a different one...but does anyone know why my cat would do that........help me please 

Name: ashley | Date: Mar 29th, 2006 6:18 PM
i also forgot to mention that hes 9 months old and has been fixed...and hes never really had any accidents like this hes a clean cat and knows where his litter box is and knows how to use it... 

Name: melissa | Date: Apr 5th, 2006 6:20 AM
cats and dogs sometimes do this when there is a new baby or a new anything. like if u got a new cat your old cat would probably pee on its bed or something it is in all the time. know what i mean? he is marking his territory. do u still pay as much attention to the cat as u used too? they also do it for attention sometimes. have u let the litter box get dirtier than u used to before baby? he could just be jelous. make sure that u still spend time with him. your baby is important but u did have the cat before the baby. if he feels replaced than he will start marking alot more that just the car seat. hope some of this helps. sorry if i was rambling on and on. :) 

Name: ashley | Date: Apr 6th, 2006 12:12 AM
we havent had the baby yet....shes not due for another 5 weeks....i dont clean the cat box my husband does, i try to keep ontop of him about it but he doesnt listen half the time but it is pretty clean..... 

Name: shamoose | Date: Apr 6th, 2006 5:11 PM
i had a cat once 

Name: becca | Date: Apr 7th, 2006 3:55 AM
my mother had a cat when i was born, and it never hurt me. she also had the cat when my sister was born. the cat only retaliated when we started picking on him once we could walk/talk/play. so it's alright to have a cat and a baby coexist.. :) 

Name: Jessica | Date: Apr 7th, 2006 12:57 PM
Keep the cats.The cats may feel a little jelous.So,when the baby is born,but try to keep the baby away from the cat.Cats may feel left out if you leave the cats out and put the baby first.So try and spend time with your cats is well. 

Name: lexy | Date: Apr 13th, 2006 4:24 AM
dont leave kitty alone with baby, as they can have some parasites as u prolly heard, but cts can be good for you babys health also! they can help them not develop allergies later in life =). 

Name: lexi | Date: May 3rd, 2006 2:02 AM
just want to no if cats r good with new borns ? i heard alot of diff things 

Name: Christy | Date: Jul 5th, 2006 3:30 AM
I have two cats that I adopted from the animal shelter a couple of years ago. They are my first babies, and it is because I developed a sense of responsibility and pride taking care of them that I feel confident about becoming a human mother :). Our little family is expanding, and it brings tears to my eyes that we will be going through so much in the coming months. My cats are wonderful, and I know that we will be fine, but I get weepy anyway. 

Name: eunice lopez | Date: Nov 14th, 2007 5:26 PM
I have a 18 Month baby and they gave us a baby kitten i heard they were not good pets to have around baby's, but my baby loves to play with the kitten should i keep him,? what are the things i should keep an eye on? 

Name: shelby | Date: Feb 9th, 2008 3:34 PM
i love cats 

Name: kayla | Date: Mar 15th, 2008 1:44 AM
i love cats there my faveret anamal 

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